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Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) Statement on the Passing of Congressman Donald Payne

March 6, 2012
Press Release

WASHIGNTON, D.C.—Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Donald Payne (NJ-10):

I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of my dear friend and colleague, Congressman Don Payne.  Don and I came to Congress together in 1988 and I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to not only serve with him, but to develop a long-lasting friendship. 

Don was a pioneer.  He was the first African American elected to Congress from New Jersey, and as a Congressman, Don was a tireless champion for the disadvantaged, poor and underserved both in New Jersey and throughout the world. 

I offer my sincerest and most heartfelt sympathies to Don's family and friends.


Ray Zaccaro